Senator’s report finds 1 million government requests for cell phone data in 2012

None of the service providers Sen. Edward Markey asked would answer whether the requests were under the Patriot Act.

Social media isn’t the only sector being watched by the government. According to a poll conducted by Senator Edward Markey’s office, requests for customer mobile phone data from seven major service providers topped over 1 million in 2012 alone.

Markey says that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile each received over 250,000 requests individually from federal, state and local authorities seeking information. Sprint-Nextel did not give the senator’s office numbers in a letter but agreed to meet with the senator in person. Of the companies, AT&T claimed to have received the most, at 297,500 requests.

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